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ThinkProgress:
Oops: Dick Cheney Unintentionally Trashes Troops In Attempt To Hit Obama  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney took to Fox News on Monday night to lambaste the Obama administration's proposed cuts to the military budget, lamenting the president's desire to ensure that Americans have access …
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Dick Cheney: President Obama favors food stamps  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday night called the Pentagon budget proposed “absolutely dangerous.”  —  Appearing on Fox News's “Hannity,” he said President Barack Obama “would rather spend the money on food stamps …
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama, Karzai Discuss Stalled Security Agreement
Discussion: Politico
Arizona Republic:
SB 1062 opponents are putting Arizona at risk  —  Advocates: Bill offers necessary protections, clarification  —  FONT:  —  Our Turn  —  Opponents of the proposed amendment to Arizona's Religious Freedom Restoration Act are putting the people of Arizona in a high-risk disaster zone when it comes to their First Amendment freedoms.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Jan Brewer being ‘bullied’ to veto
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Week, CNN and ABC News
Ben Giles / Arizona Capitol Times:
Senators on SB1062: “We made a mistake”
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Beast
Arizona Republic:
Don't wait to veto SB 1062, Gov. Brewer
Discussion: New York Times
Dana Bash / CNN:
Gov. Jan Brewer to CNN: ‘I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona’
Jose Pagliery / CNNMoney.com:
Mt.Gox site disappears, Bitcoin future in doubt  —  What was once the world's largest trading platform for bitcoins is now a blank page.  —  The Bitcoin-trading website Mt.Gox was taken offline late Monday, putting at risk millions of dollars put there by investors who gambled on the digital currency.
Discussion: Re/code and The Switch
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The Two-Bit Idiot:
Bitcoin's Apocalyptic Moment: Mt. Gox may have lost 750,000 bitcoins  —  I have received an ***unverified*** report from an otherwise reliable source, which is purportedly from Mt. Gox.  The document, which is titled “Crisis Strategy Draft” outlines the current situation at the exchange.
Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: Democrats' Enemy No. 1  —  Democrats have a big job in 2014: they need to hold onto control of the Senate, win back leadership of the House, and elect Democratic governors and state legislators in key states.  But to get there, they face one big obstacle.
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:   Bill Cassidy: The End of the Landrieu Line?
Curtis Gans / Washington Monthly:
Midterm Signals and Noise
Discussion: Booman Tribune and BillMoyers.com
Emmeline Zhao / RealClearEducation:
Blue Devil: The Duke Porn Star and College Costs  —  Stories about soaring college costs are perennial media favorites, at once playing to parental anxiety while highlighting a genuine education problem.  But this one was different: A Duke University freshman confirmed to her college paper …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
GOP Lobbyist Behind Anti-Gay NFL Bill Has A Gay Brother  —  Anti Gay NFL Bill Nfl Gay Ban Michael Sam Gop Bill Nfl Jack Burkman Gay Bill Michael Sam NFL Republicans Anti Gay Jack Burkman Michael Sam Gay Video Gop Anti Gay Bill Republican Bill Nfl Gop Lobbyist Ban Gays NFL Nfl Gay Players Politics News Politics News
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Ben Giles / Arizona Capitol Times:
Cardinals, Super Bowl Committee voice concern about SB1062
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Bibi, Merkel Photo Makes Waves  —  German chancellor Angela Merkel is in Israel visiting Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.  This photo, apparently taken by photographer Marc Israel Sellem of the Jerusalem Post is making waves:  —  As Jerusalem Post report Ben Hartman notes on Twitter:
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations  —  One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction.
The Hill:
ObamaCare stars fade  —  The Obama administration is short of star power as it begins its last public relations blitz for ObamaCare.  —  President Obama's celebrity supporters are not in the forefront as they were during the star-studded campaign-style videos that hogged the airwaves in 2008.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
J.D. Harrison / Washington Post:
Obama administration: Health law's new rules will increase costs for most small businesses  —  Nearly two-thirds of small businesses that currently offer health insurance to their workers will pay more for coverage as a result of new rules in the health care law, as will millions …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Atheists plan conservative outreach with booth at CPAC  —  Washington (CNN) - American Atheists, an outspoken organization that advocates for atheists nationwide, will have a booth at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference.  —  The atheist institution, which is well known …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House GOP tax plan would cut top rates but also hit high earners with a surtax  —  The long-awaited simplification of the tax code being drafted by House Republicans would slash the top income tax rate to 25 percent from 39.6 percent and impose a surtax on some of the nation's wealthiest households.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix mocks Amazon Prime Air with hilarious ‘Drone 2 Home’ video  —  BY RICHARD LAWLER @RJCC FEB 25TH 2014 6:56AM  —  Netflix's not-Qwikster DVD-by-mail business doesn't get the same amount of attention as the company's streaming arm, but as this video (embedded after the break) shows, it still has some imagination.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
@GSElevator Tattletale Exposed (He Was Not in the Goldman Elevator)  —  A three-year parlor game has been taking place on Wall Street to identify the Goldman Sachs employee behind a Twitter account that purports to reveal the uncensored comments overheard in the firm's elevators.
Molly Redden / Mother Jones:
GOP Lawmaker: We Need to Ban Sex-Based Abortions Because of Asian Immigrants  —  Supporters of a South Dakota bill to ban “sex-selective abortions” say Asian Americans don't value girls as much as boys.  —  South Dakota already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation.
Rob Cooper / Daily Mail:
Former Guantanamo inmate Moazzam Begg among four arrested as homes are searched in Birmingham over Syria terror offences  — He has been campaigning for those who are ‘unfairly targeted’ by the war on terror in recent years and is director of Cageprisoners
 
 
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Stand Your Ground With Your Smartphone
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